PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending May 9th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
For most retirement plan advisers, building up a book of business is about much more than adding AUA. It’s also about getting involved in work that matters—building new relationships that will, over time, strengthen the retirement outcomes of real people. But retirement plan advisories are still businesses, with balance sheets and staffing needs like any other. This week our roundup offers practical tips, strategies and best practices for building a skilled and dedicated advisory team.
Editor's choice
Scouting for Recruits
Steve Cunha, founder of the retirement plan services department at Baystate Financial Services, has a particular sweet spot in mind when hiring new advisers: “I look for someone who’s been around long enough to know he wants to be in this business, to understand the overall picture, but not so long he’s accumulated bad habits.” Read more >
Fidelity Warns Advisers to Get Smart on Firm Value
A new cut of the Fidelity RIA Benchmarking Study shows many in firm leadership positions struggle to understand and articulate practice value, leading to confusion and miscommunication during one-off events, such as an ownership transition, but also during the normal course of business.  Read more >
Recruiting Techniques That Work
We asked, you answered. How are you recruiting new advisers? Advisers took our survey and shared favorite questions, techniques and a few methods some peers may not have thought of. Read more >
Confidence Key to Advancing Female Advisers' Careers
At a February conference by Edward Jones for female advisers, nearly 80% of the attendees said confidence is among the biggest factors impacting leadership, success and fulfillment in a career. Half of those surveyed also say confidence is the single most important tool in career advancement. Read more >
Being a Millennial Financial Adviser
Those Millennials who are already working in the advisory industry are concentrated in firms that recognize that they need to add younger talent and are putting in effective processes to make that happen. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Many Retirees Spending More Than They Expected

However, retirees spend 32% less than non-retirees.

First Deadline Looming for SEC Electronic Disclosure Compliance

When the SEC adopted the new Rule 30e-3 earlier this year, creating a new system for electronic delivery of fund information, it also established a transition disclosure period that starts in January, during which "funds that choose to implement the new delivery method for shareholder reports provide prominent disclosures in prospectuses and certain other shareholder documents that will notify investors of the upcoming change in transmission format.”

Progressive Plan Design Features Have Moved Down-Market
These are streamlining plan administration, increasing investment diversification and improving participant outcomes.
Employee Knowledge Levels Indicate Need for Financial Wellness Education

Employees expressed concerns about budgeting, health care and emergency funds, and low levels of knowledge about financial and retirement topics were reported.

MetLife Pension Calculations Questioned in ERISA Complaint

The complaint suggests MetLife is failing to meet its obligations to ensure different annuity options offered to pension plan participants are actuarially equivalent default benefit, as required under ERISA.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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